Melissa grew up boating on Vancouver Island near Cowichan Bay and spent countless hours floating around the Gulf Islands watching killer whales. She graduated from the University of Victoria and spent 20 years as a Corporate Administrator before realizing that she really wanted to work in the marine industry. She spent a few years with Mustang Survival before joining Pacific Yacht Systems in 2011. For five years she was a search and rescue volunteer with the RCM-SAR and served as a Director and fundraiser for the Strait of Georgia Marine Rescue Society. She writes for a number of marine publications and has a fun blog for women who boat at missygoesboating.com Melissa can be found cruising the local waters on her 34 foot power boat, As You Wish.